Molly Shannon to Play Former Nun for HBO


After having played teenage Catholic schoolgirl Mary Katherine Gallagher for years on SNL, Molly Shannon is now set to play a full-grown Catholic nun. Shannon has signed on to star in a comedy by Simpsons writer-producer Tim Long for HBO, about a woman who has been a nun since she was 18 and decides in her 40s to quit the order. Long describes it as “James Joyce meets Judd Apatow — a female 40-Year-Old Virgin with a huge dollop of Catholic weirdness thrown in.” Sounds great, since as far as we're concerned both Shannon and nuns have been off the TV for far too long. [Deadline]